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NFL picks Week 16: Can the Vikings upset the Bengals?

Baltimore Beatdown predicts this week's games, excluding the Ravens-Patriots matchup.

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Miami Dolphins (-3) at Buffalo Bills

The Dolphins have a lot to play for on the road against Buffalo. A win and a Ravens loss puts Miami in the sixth spot in the AFC. In addition, the Bills are starting Thad Lewis this week. Prediction: Dolphins 24, Bills 14

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers (-3)

Even though he won't believe it, Drew Brees and the Saints have been poor on the road this year. The Panthers will look to get revenge from these two teams' game two weeks ago. Prediction: Panthers 27, Saints 26

Dallas Cowboys (-3) at Washington Redskins

I've seen quite a few people take the Redskins, surprisingly. Not so fast. As bad as the Cowboys have been, they get their act together and run the ball after getting out to an early lead. Washington's a disaster. Prediction: Cowboys 31, Redskins 20

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at St. Louis Rams (-4.5)

The Buccaneers finally hit a wall against the 49ers last week and could wind up facing another tough opponent in the Rams at home. Bobby Rainey could have a decent day on the ground, but Zac Stacy should come up bigger. Prediction: Rams 27, Buccaneers 21

Cleveland Browns at New York Jets (-2)

The Jets are a much better team at home and the Browns have been reeling since the injury bug began biting them. Look for Chris Ivory and the Jets to churn out some plays in a meaningless game. Prediction: Jets 27, Browns 23

Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs (-6.5)

The Chiefs, possessing a methodical offense early in the year, have lit up the scoreboard lately. With Jamal Charles and the offense clicking the way it is, Kansas City is peaking at the right time. Prediction: Chiefs 38, Colts 28

Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals (-8)

The Vikings are showing signs of life, as if they're playing for pride and for their coach. The Bengals have their backs against a wall and could be vulnerable this week. But it's hard to pick against Cincinnati at home. Prediction: Bengals 30, Vikings 27

Denver Broncos (-10.5) at Houston Texans

The Broncos are looking to rebound from last week's loss to San Diego, and what better team to face than Houston. The Texans are starting Matt Schaub this week, which could lead to some turnovers. Prediction: Broncos 31, Texans 14

Tennessee Titans (-5) at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Titans will look to get revenge against the Jaguars, which upset them earlier this year. Jacksonville has improved toward the end of the season and will likely get a good look from Jordan Todman. Upset special, part two? Prediction: Jaguars 31, Titans 28

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (-10.5)

Larry Fitzgerald may not play due to a concussion and Carson Palmer is battling multiple injuries. Even without Brandon Browner, look for Seattle to get a blowout win at home. Prediction: Seahawks 37, Cardinals 17

New York Giants at Detroit Lions (-9)

The Giants have been a hopeless team this season, with Eli Manning playing his worst football of his career. Adding insult to injury, Victor Cruz won't be out there. Detroit needs a win and will get one. Prediction: Lions 30, Giants 20

Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers (-10)

The Raiders have shown some potential on the offensive side of the ball this year. But this offseason, they'll need to address the defense. San Diego should be able to run the ball on Oakland with both Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead. Prediction: Chargers 28, Raiders 17

Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers (off)

The bet is off the books due to the uncertainty of Aaron Rodgers playing or not. If Rodgers plays, the Packers win. If he doesn't, Pittsburgh comes away with an upset. Simple as that. Prediction (with Rodgers): Packers 34, Steelers 30; Prediction (without Rodgers): Steelers 30, Packers 23

Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles (-3)

This has the makings of a close game. Both teams have a lot to play for with postseason hopes on the line. Both teams will likely rely on their run games, with the quarterbacks deciding the outcome. This could wind up being a toss-up, with the team that gets the ball last winning. Prediction: Bears 35, Eagles 34

Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers (-12.5)

In the preseason, this was a great matchup. With the way the year's gone for Atlanta, this has turned into a dud. With San Francisco's offense gaining some momentum, the 49ers should take care of business. Prediction: 49ers 34, Falcons 17